Have you ever worn cotton hiking socks outdoors? If you have then you know bad things can get for your feet (think jungle rot like symptoms) Cotton is known to cause moisture, blisters, foot problems, cracked skin and a plethora of issues your feet won’t be happy about. That’s why you moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks to wear or in your arsenal of outdoor gear.
This is what brings us to write about the best hiking socks of 2019. We rated what we feel are the best for the upcoming year and will provide the most comfort on the trail and protect your feet at the same time.
Fabric: 54% nylon, 42% merino wool and 4% Lycra spandex (women’s); 56% nylon, 40% merino wool and 4% Lycra spandex (men’s)
Height: Micro crew
The Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew socks were very comfortable and equally as breathable. They work great summer, fall, and spring. Vermont is where these are manufactured. There is excellent breathability and they are quite comfortable. The heels are reinforced for extra durability. These are good for long hikes inclines and tough trails.
One customer from REI said “I’ve been wearing [Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew socks] since 2013, doing hundreds of miles every year, and have yet to see any kind of failure whatsoever.”
One awesome feature about these socks: should you get a hole in your socks, Darn Tough will send you a replacement pair for free.
Fabric: Inner: 70% polyester/26% nylon/4% spandex; Outer: 71% polyester/24% nylon/5% spandex
A non-wool hiking sock is always an option with current sock tech. Wrightsock Escape is an excellent choice in this category. This sock holds up well is durable and is a fantastic option for Spring thu autumn. THe sock is also good for preventing blisters and ticking moisture away.
The sock is a Unisex sock despite the fact that it is commonly only sold in Mens sizes. This is an all-around excellent sock and a good choice for a non-wool sock. It is well-loved and a popular sock and easy to find in stores.
An REI customer said: “No issues, no blisters, no pain,” wrote one customer. “I have been looking for a good combination of hiking sock and liner, and I’ve tried several liners all with an eventual blister or sore skin on feet. [The Wrightsock Escape’s] all-in-one liner and light cushion socks are a dream.”